O'Shea leads way as Kingdom down plucky Clare
Kerry 1-16 Clare 0-11
A much-touted Kerry side were pushed all the way by a Clare outift who, if they had taken their chances, could have made things awkward for the Kingdom.
After opening points from Dylan Geaney and Jack O'Connor, Kerry struck for a goal in the 11th minute through Emmet O'Shea.
Kerry added three points from Geaney and one each from Kevin Goulding, Jack O'Connor and Emmet O'Shea, while Clare's meagre return for their first-half effort was two first-half frees from Jamie Stack, and they trailed by 1-8 to 0-3 at the break.
Clare added eight points in the second half but the damage had already been done.
Scorers - Kerry: E O'Shea 1-3; D Geaney 0-6 (1f); J O'Connor 0-3f; K Goulding, D Lynch, D O'Callaghan and R O'Grady 0-1 each. Clare: J Stack 0-6f; S Meehan 0-3 (f); M Garry and L Murphy 0-1 each
KERRY - D Burns; L Chester, A Dineen, K O'Sullivan; E O'Sullivan, A Curran, S O'Brien; J Linehan, R Collins; K Goulding, J O'Connor, G Hassett; D Geaney, D Lynch, E O'Shea. Subs: C Ó Beaglaoich for K Goulding (41), T Sparling for L Chester (BC 45), D O'Callaghan for D Lynch (48), J Kerins for S O'Brien (51), R O'Grady for E O'Shea (57), J Sheehan for E O'Sullivan (60).
CLARE - O O'Loughlin; T Lillis, M Garry, C McMahon; C McGroary, A Killeen, M Reidy; E Rouine, B Rouine; C Hassett, D Fahy, D Nagle; E Talty, S Meehan, J Stack. Subs: L Murphy for M Reidy (h-t), K Crowley for C Hassett (47).
Ref - D O'Callaghan (Limerick).